With LFW still fresh in our memories (it had only finished a few days beforehand), last Friday, Birmingham hosted a little fashion event of their own called Style Birmingham which lasted the weekend. Emma from the Bullring Mall kindly invited me to check out a special high street runway show (aptly named ‘The Show’) held in the middle of the shopping centre and another show held in the Town Hall.
Those who are familiar with Gok Wan’s TV show would probably recognise the space since he seems to like filming in the Bullring. The show showcased all the brands available in the Bullring shopping centre.
The looks were really accessible and along with my partner in crime that day, Kristabel we both really enjoyed the show.
I need some gray knee socks in my life.
Those amazing heeled creepers are from Office.
After this, we wandered around the shops and as always, cutesy kitschy things caught my eye. These salt and pepper shakers from Urban Outfitters are definitely my kind of thing!
Next up was a show at the Town Hall, hosted by the very dapper George Lamb. My photos of the suave presenter were sadly very blurry. We were treated with a look at Osman’s AW10 collection, who was is originally from Birmingham. It was a real treat as neither Kristabel or I had been to see his show in February.
The rest of the show showcased other brands in Birmingham (not just confined to the Bullring) ranging from brands from Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser. The show lasted about an hour and with most shows like this, there was nothing minimal about the looks and were styled like mannequins in shop windows, laden with accessories.
It was fun and definitely a world away from the fashion shows that we’re familiar with. Plenty of wolf-whistling for the boys in boxers…which I didn’t get any photos of. Sorry to disappoint! Perhaps it’s not quite ‘Birmingham Fashion Week’ but I would really love to see local graduates showcase their designs eventually and somehow be incorporated into the city’s style weekend.
Not quite runway worthy but this was my outfit of the day! It was quite chilly as it became dark and I soon envied Kristabel’s layering…scarves, jumpers, tights. Oh the Summer has well and truly left us.
Cardi (UO) Dress (French Connection) Belt (H&M) Lace Top (New Look) Socks, Shoes (Topshop) Bag (Vintage)
Before Kristabel left for her train back to London, we stopped off for Dinner at my favourite place, Mount Fuji for some good ol’ Bento boxes. The food is simple but delicious. I could eat here everyday!
To prove that I didn’t spend the day alone, here is the lovely Kristabel enjoying her Bento!